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New college degrees respond to workforce needs

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The South Dakota Board of Regents, in a news release, has announced approval of new academic program requests. These programs are to meet statewide workforce and community development needs.

Dakota State University:

Undergraduate certificate in data analytics: this 12-credit-hour online certificate may lead to further study in computer science or analytics. It is for careers as a business or marketing analyst or as business intelligence and analytics developers.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology:

Three specializations, replacing an interdisciplinary studies major, are now stand-alone majors which could lead to a bachelor of science degree. They are atmospheric & environmental sciences; science, technology, and society; and pre-professional health sciences.

South Dakota State University:

18 credit-hour online minor in engineering management, enhancing skills in production strategy, project management, engineering systems management, and cost analysis. For students in engineering, applied science, and technology disciplines.

Undergraduate online 12-credit-hour pre-construction planning certificate, offering plan layout and development, construction materials, and commercial building methods, and building mechanical, electrical, & plumbing systems. Is stackable to degrees in construction technology and construction management.

Students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in computational science and statistics are required to select a specialization in either data science, mathematics, or statistics to complete their academic preparation leading to a distinct career path.

University of South Dakota:

Two 12-credit-hour undergraduate consecutive certificates in introduction to child life and advanced child life for Association of Child Life Professionals. For social workers who interact with children in hospitals and other settings.